Category Archives: Turntables & Vinyl

You’ll find lots of articles about turntables & vinyl on my website. You’ll also find stuff about records and analogue systems that incorporate vinyl.

Vinyl vs CD – is Vinyl Higher-Resolution?

In the vinyl vs CD debate, I am often asked why vinyl sounds so good and why compact disc (CD) was created, if vinyl was a better medium in the first place? To put this another way – the question might be: “Vinyl vs CD – is vinyl higher resolution?”

This is not a simple question to answer, there is a great deal to consider.… Read more

Dual 601 Belt-Drive Turntable Repair

Hi folks, I recently serviced and repaired a Dual 601 belt-drive turntable. These classic Dual decks are perhaps not as well-known or as well liked as contemporaries by Thorens and Rega, but they really are very good decks, quirky in their German design, but well worth holding on to.

This particular Dual 601 had a very common problem, whereby the tone-arm would not return properly at the end of a record.… Read more

Thorens TD-125 Turntable Repair & Restoration

I was visiting a friend recently, chatting to his father, Neil, who is very ill. I saw that his cherished Thorens TD-125 Mark 2 was languishing, non-functional, in a pile of dust and dirt.

The Thorens clearly hadn’t been operational in a long time and when Neil expressed disappointment that he wasn’t able to play his records any more, I decided to completely repair and restore it for him, hopefully finding the fault that had put it in the corner in the first place.… Read more

Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 Direct Drive Turntable Review

The legendary Kenwood KD-500 / KD-550 direct-drive turntables are classic decks from an era when things really were built to last.

Indeed, if decks like the KD-500 / KD-550 with this level of custom engineering were built now, they would cost many thousands of dollars. The Technics SL-1200 is a classic example – it’s been reissued and costs literally thousands!… Read more